Your walk-in closet should not only provide you the convenience of accessibility to that favorite layer of your clothes but should also inspire you. It should spark the inner-classy-you to exhibit on the outer-dull-you. Your walk-in closet should be that apparel-y nirvana, where the moment you enter it, you return with the true-you.
Is your walk-in closet like that? Does it give you the feeling of coherent and nicer you? If not, then you need to reorganize it. What follows is a simple guide on how to organize a walk-in closet. After all, the clustered and confined you cannot be the illustration of the expressive-you and what better expresses us than our clothes and closet.
To start with…
How Big Should Be Your Walk-In Closet?
As big as the canvas of your imagination but only as large as your needs require.
To elaborate, your walk-in closet should have: enough space for the clothes to be hanged on the opposite walls, non-clustered accommodating space for storage units, a convenient walking space, and a small area entirely dedicated to seating.
A general rule of thumb is, the closet space should enclose dimensions of at least 7 x 10 ft (make it 10 x 10 ft, if the structural constraints allow it). You can also use your standard storage pieces, for example a trunk, as a repurposed seating top. And don’t forget that additional space for the luggage table where you can easily pack and unpack your suitcase. In summary, your walk-in closet should exhibit a well defined layout and should have enough space where everything is neatly arranged and not too-clustered.
How Should It Be Compartmentalized?
As a reflection of the way you want it to be.
The scheme of compartmentalization entirely depends on the preference of an individual. As a standard, you can compartmentalize your walk-in closet depending on the clothing category. Like you can put your bottoms in one compartment, tops in the other, footwear in that bottom section, handbags somewhere else and accessories in the other compartment. Color coding can further help with the compartmentalization of your closet
How To Organize the Compartments Within Your Walk-in Closet?
On the preference of accessibility.
Before you start organizing your walk-in closet, you need to deconstruct it. You need to get rid of the items that you no longer use. The tip from Marie Kondo, a professional organizer from Japan, can definitely assist you in your decision making. It emphasizes on spark instigators. What you need to do is go through every item in your closet and ask yourself if it sparks a joy, a happy-you. If it does not, you know the suitcase drill.
You can also try the Discardia closet trick, but this one is applicable in situations where you are not planning a reorganize in the next few months. Rearrange all your hanged clothing, with the hangar hook pointing towards you. Every time you wear one, put it back into the closet with the hook pointing the normal way. After six months (this may vary depending on how well stocked your closet is), the clothes that remain unturned can be safely discarded.
Once you have identified the items, it’s now time to organize them. The ones that you will be using most should be stored at eye level. Keep the less-used items below it and stockpile the least-used ones at a high reaching level. Coordinated hangers are a good suggestion for keeping your hanging clothes organized. Hang your handbags on the drilled pegs so you can easily choose the order of the day to go with your clothes. Instead of hanging the trousers with your tops, organize them in easy-to-pull racks. This can definitely save you lots of space beneath the hanged tops.
How to Make the Best Use of Space in a Walk-in Closet?
Clever planning is the key here.
Make use of the entire vertical space, that is, the space above and below the closet rod. The tip in the previous section of storing your trousers in a rack is an ideal way to maximize the vertical space. Sometimes, even the door of the walk-in closet can rob you off storing space if that door opens to the inside. If you can make the adjustments, do it and you will be surprised. If not, you can also use a curtain or a hanging screen to replace that all-too-traditional door. Combine the storage units in the individual compartments. And finally use those hooks on the walls to create a more accommodating walk-in closet.
How Often Should You Pack and Repack?
It’s all about that personal discovery.
Some prefer it on seasonal basis while others never do it until their clothing nirvana turns upside down. We will stick to our Discardia trick as we believe seasonal changes should not be the primary instigator towards a closet revisit. The wuthering and the dead winds do influence our seasonal layers but what about the clothes that are left ignored even when the weather is a blissful companion?
Have you got those clothes out, yet?